LIVE SHOTS 1988:
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Bass, Background Vocals, Songwriter, Producer.
This is the band where I really started to come into my own as a bassist. I really wanted to be the best I could be and I worked hard to be talented & entertaining.
Curt was in many bands throughout the 1980's. He is probably best known for being the brains behind "Saints In Hell" which also featured Tom Keifer & Eric Brittingham of "Cinderella" as well as Michael Kelly Smith from "Britny Fox". Curt was also in "The End", an earlier version of "Brat" and "Dead End Kids", another Philly / South Jersey favorite, as well as many other great bands. I don't have any information on Curt , but, I believe he is still in the South New Jersey area.
Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Songwriter.
Brian was a singer that had always wanted to be in "The End" and kept working on Jean Reimer until he got the job! Brian is what I would call a consummate rock & roll singer. Confident, powerful & could howl like the best of them! Brian was also in a later version of "Dead End Kids" with Curt Ritchie. I haven't seen him since 1989.
Mark joined "Brat" as a result of a long search for the departing "Bazooka" Joe Solina. Mark was a veteran of many cover bands and his style & personality really fit the band. Unfortunately, we never recorded together. We were rehearsing new material for a new demo when the band broke up, So I only have Mark on a live tape (which includes a smokin' drum solo!). I Haven't seen him since 1988.
Continued from where 'The End' left off...
In early 1986 Reimer put the band on hiatus. Paragon cable then came
knocking for an offer of additional appearances and more video shoots.
So when the band regrouped at the tail end of 1986, Kranick and Byrd
were not asked to return. Reimer, Ritchie and Solina decided to revamp
the sound a bit and brought in stellar vocalist Brian Paine and brought
back former drummer Rob Lombardi. Lombardi had ditched the drums and had
been a full time bassist for two years. The band then entered the studio
to record a fresh batch of brand new music that would be the soundtrack
for their early 1987 New York television appearances as “Love And War”
and “Back On Top” were gaining radio play. The band then began
showcasing for major labels, most notably MCA and Capitol records, who
both wanted to hear more material. So, again the band began writing
songs to appease the labels interest. Seven more songs were written when
tension again arose between Reimer and Solina which led to Solina
exiting the band and joining ROUGH DYMOND. The band briefly recruited
drummer Jim “Feek” Ferraioli (of WHITE FOXX), but sadly Ferraioli became
ill with cancer. Sessions for the new material were completed with
veteran drummer Jimmy Drnec (CINDERELLA, TANGIER, NETWORK) filling in.
After basic tracks were done, the bands relationship with Reimer totally
broke down. The rest of the band were never happy with the departure of
Solina, so, Ritchie re-recorded all the guitar parts and Reimer was then
ousted from the band he created. The recordings were released as
“1987-1988" as Reimer then assumed a different name and toured the U.K.
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The Seer (B. Perrone/J.P. Reimer) (c) 1987
Dressed To Thrill (B. Paine/C. Ritchie) (c) 1987
Back On Top (B. Paine/C. Ritchie) (c) 1987
Love & War (B. Paine/C. Ritchie/J.P. Reimer) (c) 1987
Curse Of The Black Widow (B. Paine/C. Ritchie) (c) 1987
Not Ready For Love (J.P. Reimer) (c) 1985
Loud-N-Proud (C. Ritchie) (c) 1985
Slow Down (R. Lombardi/B. Paine/C. Ritchie) (c) 1988
Hot Rod (R. Lombardi/B. Paine) (c) 1988
One Life To Live (R. Lombardi/B. Paine/ C. Ritchie) (c) 1988
Liar (B. Paine/C. Ritchie) (c) 1988
Push It (B. Paine/C. Ritchie) (c) 1988
Promise Of Destruction (R. Lombardi/B. Paine/C. Ritchie/J.P. Reimer) (c) 1988
Venus (B. Paine/C, Ritchie) (c) 1988
Run To You (B. Paine/C. Ritchie) (c) 1988
Just Havin' Fun (R. Lombardi/B. Paine/C. Ritchie) (c) 1988
Do Ya Feel Alright (R. Lombardi) (c) 1988
Fire Away (B. Paine/C. Ritchie) (c) 1988
Midnight Madness (R. Lombardi/B. Paine) (c) 1987
Together Forever (B. Paine/B. Perrone) (c) 1987
The Gauntlet, Call Of The Wild & Living Fast, Living Free (C. Ritchie) (c) 1985
Tracks 1-14 recorded at "Fresh Tracks" in Philadelphia & were produced by Larry Spivack & the Band.
Tracks 6 & 7 were originally recorded at "Galaxy" studios in Somerdale, NJ & produced by Robert Leese.
Tracks 15 & 16 were recorded live at The Galaxy in 1988 & produced by Robert Leese.